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Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka

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Ravine Gardens State Park is a 59acre Florida State Park located in Palatka, Florida. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The park was constructed by the Works Progress Administration, with cypress buildings, rock gardens and fieldstone terraces. Near the park entrance is The Court of States and a 64ft obelisk dedicated to Franklin D. Roosevelt.Recreational ActivitiesActivities include viewing the thousands of plants and shrubs, picnicking, jogging, hiking and biking. Amenities include interpretive exhibits, picnic areas, gardens, hiking trails, a 1.8mi paved perimeter loop road, and a parcours trail. Visitors can rent a large covered pavilion, auditorium, and meeting rooms.Special eventsThe park is part of the annual Florida Azalea Festival the first weekend in March, when the nearly 100,000 plants that the WPA planted decades ago bloom.HoursFlorida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).References and external links Ravine Gardens State Park at Florida State Parks Ravine State Gardens at Absolutely Florida Ravine State Gardens at Wildernet Putnam County listings at National Register of Historic Places
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  • Beautiful when the azaleas are in seasonal bloom with some dogwoods, too. A visit to Old Florida of the 30s, when cars were a novelty, a motoring tourist were beginning to arrive. 
  • We walked the road looking down and enjoying the vegetation. There was some history but not much. I would like to know a bit more of the history. It seemed to indicate in the 30s much of this was done...  more »
  • The website for this park is beautiful and enticing. Traveled 68 miles to get there. What a disappointment. We went on New Years Day so the gate was not manned. Paying was on the honor system, put you...  more »